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WILLIAM  VOK  HUMBOLI>T.                   253
then   the name of Humboldt -was foremost   among
those summoned to the arduous task.
The brothers entered on their university life toge-
ther, and proceeded to Frankfort-on-the-Qder, where
they devoted themselves principally to the special
studies for their intended future courses. "William
heard lectures on jurisprudence., and Alexander at-
tended those on political economy. Among the men
with whom "William von Humboldt formed a lasting
friendship in Frankfort, we may mention especially
the Count Alexander of Dohna-Schlobitten, who was -
subsequently associated with Humboldt in an endea-
vour to revive the educational establishments in Prus-
sia. Count Dohna met the brothers Humboldt again.
in the university of Gdttlngen, whither he proceeded
in 1788.
"William and Alexander seem to have left Frank-
fort for Gottingen in the spring of 178S, and to have
remained in this latter place about two years. Got-
tingen was at that time acknowledged the first of the
German universities, for Leipzic and Halle had already
sunk in public favour, and Jena only rose to fame
between 1790 and 1800. No place could have been
more advantageous for Humboldt*s studies than Got-
tingen, for it has always been the seat of historical
and archaeological science, and is so to this day. Here
HEYNE taught—a man who has done much for the
restoration of archeology, and^who may be termed the
immediate forerunner of its most brilliant epoch.
The brothers enjoyed his hospitality, and appreciated
It, and., beside the Influence which he doubtless exer-
cised over their studies, they owe principally to him
their friendship with his son-in-law, George Forster,
which probably arose In the course of this summer.
The ardent spirit of Humboldt found abundant
means for improvement in Gottingen, and what was
not attainable by lectures was furnished by the splen-
did library of the university. He devoted himself
with especial ardour to archaeology, and to the study
of the Kantian philosophy. While pursuing these